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Love & Savagery (2009)
Set In 1969, Love & Savagery is a lyrical story of an impossible love. Geologist and poet Michael McCarthy travels from his native Newfoundland to the west coast of Ireland to study the intricate and stunning landscape of The Burren. But the most beautiful thing Michael encounters is Kathleen O’Connell. Although she is about to dedicate her life to the Church, Kathleen is inescapably drawn to Michael. In a community torn between its traditional roots and its aspirations for the future, the growing affection between the stranger and Kathleen is deeply unsettling.
“Love & Savagery is a universal, atavistic story set in a what is at once a real and yet mythical landscape, “ asserts acclaimed John N. Smith, director of the Peabody Award winning The Boys of St. Vincent and the multi Gemini-nominated The Englishman’s Boy. “Loving someone with all your heart and losing them is a terrible, if common, ordeal. Although the film is set in another time and in a far away place, audiences will find reflections of emotions they know well.”